Janet Johnson

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As’iingaq Janet Johnson, Yup’ik Language and Culture Director for the Lower Yukon School District (LYSD), has been co-creating the CRESEL grant (culturally responsive embedded SEL) with AASB and LYSD school teams for 3 years, since the beginning of the project. In LYSD, CRESEL binds and nurtures the wisdom of elders to younger generations, empowering and preparing them to live and learn successfully, through the teachings and values of Yup’ik traditions, Native language (Yugtun) and Yuuyaraq. Janet supports schools and communities in coming together using a community conversation model that helps participants speak from the heart about culture in school and use the community wisdom to transform the learning environment for students and families.